Political Mudslinging Reaches New Lows: Using Anonymous Blog Comments In Attack Ads

from the well,-that's-just-too-easy dept

I almost hate to post this, because anything that touches on politics tends to dissolve into pointless name calling in the comments, but it is interesting (if sleazy) to find out that political campaign attack ads are now using anonymously posted blog comments to smear opponents. The ad in question has a voice-over announcing "what others are saying..." about the candidates opponent, and then shows some really negative comments that were placed anonymously on a blog post. Yes, this seems incredibly low. In fact, if campaigns are going to do that, they could simply post whatever kind of comment they wanted to any random prominent blog (as long as it has open comments) and then use that quote in their campaign ad. Yet, because it's now on a blog somewhere, they can pretend it's legitimately "sourced." So this is what they meant when people predicted that blogs would revolutionize politics?

Filed Under: attack ads, blogs, politics


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    Mitch, 24 Sep 2007 @ 11:55pm

    Swift what?

    I can't believe there are still folks that actually believe Kerry over the Vets. Kerry promised over and over again to release his full military records. This is the ONLY way any of his side can be substantiated. Yet CONTRARY to what major media likes to intimate..HE NEVER HAS. Kerry claimed he got NO paperwork with his medals. According to the military the only way you get out of the military without these is if you had a less than honorable discharge. These are FACTS, immutable and verifiable. So lets not compare what was done to that lying jackal Kerry and this travesty with the blogs quotes!

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